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COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
We continue to thank all our members and visitors for their patience, and for continuing to keep our staff and visitors safe.



Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April



Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 6th June 2020

A day of strong winds and thundery showers, birdlife was keeping its head down today. A Spoonbill flew east over the grazing marsh and 5 Little Egrets were counted, with a Little Grebe on the Broadwater and the mysterious appearance of 40 Canada Geese! Two Common Terns and a Little Tern flew along the Broadwater and Barn Owl, 4 Swifts, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers and a Stonechat were all of interest around the reserve.

Moths were few and far between, with 2 Cinnabars, Mottled Rustic, Common Wainscot, Marbled Minor sp and Anerastia lotella the only moths caught.


Storm clouds passing along the ridge, behind the scorched east bank!

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Norfolk 9.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Watling Water
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Blakeney Harbour on west side at c7pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still